04 January 2014

Boys B-Ball: Tigers win No. 10

Mac Bassett 10 points, 10 rebounds (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington showed no ill effects from playing two nights in a row, rolling by Irondale 77-43 Friday night in New Brighton.

The win was the 10th in 12 outings for the Tigers who scored a similarly lopsided victory over North St. Paul (68-39) on Thursday.

Like the win over the Polars, the outcome of Friday's night's contest was decided early with the visitors sailing to a 45-21 lead at the halftime break.

The final 18-minute period was second verse same as the first even though Tiger coach Shane Wyandt substituted liberally.

"I thought we really played solid defense early," coach Shane Wyandt said, "and as we made a few corrections to our transition game we were able to get out and run. 

"They (Irondale) had a very difficult time with us in the full court both offensively and defensively.  We were able to get good shots and lay-ups off the break and we also forced some turnovers with our press."

Seventeen Farmington players saw floor time in win No. 10. Thirteen of them dented the scoring column with three finishing in double figures.

Leading scorer Zach Speikers paced the offense with 15 points. Johnny Dittman hit double digits for the second night in a row with 13 and Mac Bassett put together a statistical double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Wyandt said he and his staff were not satisfied with their team's work on the defensive glass in the first half so they challenged individuals to "become greedy" and see who could get the most rebounds.

"Mac took that seriously and really did a nice job of getting after the boards on both ends," Wyandt said.

Wyatt Ferm and Dallas Guyot each pulled down five rebounds for the winners. Speikers led in assists with four. Bassett and Ferm each came up with three steals.

The Tigers will take their lofty record into Missota Conference play Tuesday when they travel to Chaska to battle the Hawks who defeated Red Wing 71-68 Friday night.